Vauxhall Adam hot hatch on its way?

The all-new Adam is set to hit UK showrooms during February 2013, and is looking to attract a large customer base away from rivals like the Fiat 500 and the Mini Cooper.

To achieve this feat, the Adam is offering a huge selection of customisation options for both the colour finishes, exterior trim and the interior gadget equipment, including the IntelliLink infotainment system compatible with Apple or Android smartphones.

From launch the most powerful engine option for the Adam will be a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine, available on all three initial specifications.

Now however later next year, Vauxhall will also look to challenge the more performance-focused hatchbacks like the Abarth 500 and the Mini Cooper S, by creating more powerful specifications including even a VXR hot hatch.

An Adam VXR would follow in the footsteps of Vauxhall’s other hatchback models, the Corsa supermini and the larger Astra, which both have firmly established VXR models in the hot hatch market.

Reports within the media suggest that the standard Adam line-up will later in the year receive a turbocharged version of the 1.4-litre petrol engine, with an increased output of 138bhp.

Meanwhile the VXR specification could use the same 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine found on the Corsa VXR.

On the Corsa this engine boasts 189bhp and allows this supermini to cover the 0-60mph sprint in 6.8 seconds, that’s 4.4 seconds faster than the quickest Adam, and reach a top speed of 140mph, which is 25mph then the Adam can reach.

Vauxhall has also reportedly confirmed it is developing another engine that’ll reach the Adam towards the end of 2013. This new unit is expected to be a small capacity and turbocharged engine, that’ll combine performance with more efficient running costs.

The Vauxhall Adam is available to order now from Perrys Vauxhall Dealerships, with prices starting from £11,255 for the standard-trim “Jam” specification.